Woman Must Wait Until Baby's Birth To Identify Attacker
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
May 5, 2003
ORLANDO, FLORIDA--A pregnant woman may have to wait three months or more before police can identify the man they say raped her.
According to the Associated Press, the 22-year-old woman has mental retardation and does not speak or give investigators "yes" or "no" answers to identify her attacker. She is believed to be more than five months pregnant.
Police would like to match her baby's DNA with that of two suspects but the woman cannot give consent for police to get a tissue sample. So police may have to wait until the child is born.
A spokesperson with the state Department of Children and Families said the agency plans to ask a court to appoint a guardian to represent the woman's interests.
The woman was abandoned to the state as a small child and has lived in the same group home for 19 years. DCF said it was the home's 70-year-old care provider that reported the pregnancy to police.
Authorities are not releasing the name of the home to protect the woman's privacy. At least seven people live in the home, whose license is under suspension while police and state officials investigate. DCF officials said the home has not had any serious violations in the past.